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LATEST NEWS ON SOUTHWESTERN ALUMNI
Hon. Abbi Silver '89 Sworn In as Nevada Supreme Court Justice
Southwestern Alumna Abbi Silver, Class of 1989, was sworn-in as a Nevada Supreme Court Justice during a January 10, 2019, investiture ceremony in Las Vegas. This is definitely news from Vegas that we do not want to stay there!
Justice Silver is the only judge in Nevada's history who presided at every level of the state's judiciary. In 2015, she was the first woman appointed to the Nevada Court of Appeals.
Maria Cavalluzzi '86 appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court
Maria Cavalluzzi '86 of Los Angeles, was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court after a position as managing attorney and a trial lawyer at the Law Office of Cavalluzzi and Cavalluzzi. She was a sole practitioner from 1999 to 2001 and served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. Cavalluzzi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University and received her law degree from the Southwestern Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge John Wiley Jr. to the Court of Appeal.
Rosaline Zukerman '80 Honored with Women's Leadership Network Empowerment Award
We are proud to announce that the latest winner of the Women's Leadership Network Empowerment Award is Southwestern Alum Roz Zukerman '80!
After the youngest of her four children were launched toward their respective professional and educational goals, at age 47, Rosaline "Roz" Zukerman was excited to embark on her own legal education and attended Southwestern Law School. During her first year, she ran for class "president" against four young men the age of her children. She won and, as she puts it, "effectively "adopted" the class of 1980!"
The late illustrious Professor Max Goodman was an inspiring mentor for Ms. Zukerman. She took both Community Property and Family Law from him, and he kiddingly called her "Mother Superior," as a reference to her senior status in the student body.
She says that coming to the practice of law with life experiences has been a great advantage. Yes, one can have it all, but not all at the same time.
Her recent award from JVS for empowerment was "a much appreciated recognition of my mentoring activities and interests which I anticipated many budding young lawyers will emulate as they go forward in their careers. I have found it to be a rewarding extension of "parenting," since my own four kids and 12 grandkids are launched in their respective careers. (Two are attorneys and one is in law school.)"
Congratulations to Ms. Zukerman on her career as well as her hard earned WLN Empowerment Award!
Elliot Jung '12 of Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys
This week we highlight Elliott Jung '12, founding partner of Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys.
Since graduating from Southwestern, Elliott has tried over 45 cases to a jury. Elliott began his career working at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office where he tried everything from DUI's to manslaughter and murder. In March 2018, Elliott opened up his law firm with two partners, Adam Hepburn and Michael Hernandez. Hepburn, Hernandez & Jung Trial Attorneys use their experience from over 100 jury trials to help people accused of crimes or are injured in accidents. Since the launch of the firm, HHJ Trial Attorneys has successfully litigated many noteworthy cases, even securing a one million dollar settlement for a victim injured in a train accident. HHJ Trial Attorneys is now representing fire victims in the recent Camp and Woolsey Fires.
Elliott attributes much of his success to Southwestern Law School. Elliott says the training he received through the Trial Advocacy and Honors Program (TAHP) was invaluable and he owes much of his success to his mentors, Joey Esposito, Bill Seki, and former Professor Karen Smith. While on TAHP, the trial teams finished in first place in three regional competitions and second place in the last regional competition. To this day, Elliott continues to work up his trial cases with TAHP members; Kunal Jain, Daniel Selarz, and Kevin Gres, who each run their own law practices.
Kerwin A. Miller Sr. '99 appointed to Harford County District Court bench
Kerwin Anthony Miller Sr., a state administrative law judge and former Cecil County deputy prosecutor, has been named the newest Harford County District Court judge.
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Morris Bird '05- Beat the Street
Morris Bird joined Beat the Streets Los Angeles in January 2016 as Program Director. Prior to joining BTSLA, Morris served as wrestling coach for the BTSLA wrestling program at Washington Irving Middle School, leading the Bears to a 3rd Place finish at the 2015 BTSLA Middle School Championships. Morris’ involvement with Beat the Streets Los Angeles dates to its founding in 2012 when he served as wrestling coach of one of the inaugural BTSLA programs located at Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a position he held through through the 2012-2013 academic year.
Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts from the University of Arizona in 2001 and a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2005. In his professional career, he has worked as Director of International, Business and Legal Affairs at Lionsgate in Santa Monica, California; as an Associate Attorney at small law firm in Southern California; and, prior to joining Beat the Streets Los Angeles, was engaged in private legal practice.
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Elona Kogan '94 Appointed to Board of Cardax, Inc.
Cardax, Inc. announced Elona Kogan joined its Board of Directors.
Ms. Kogan has held senior legal and operating positions at both ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She played key business and transactional roles in the recent $5.2 billion sale of ARIAD to Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and the $3.5 billion sale of Avanir to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company Limited. She has extensive experience in drug development and commercialization, including business development, with a focus on licensing, sales, marketing, compliance, corporate governance, and policy.
"The Cardax pharmaceutical platform has the potential for broad application across multiple therapeutic areas through stand-alone projects or with partners," said Ms. Kogan, "and I look forward to helping make that vision a reality."
The Company's pharmaceutical strategy complements its consumer health business featuring ZanthoSyn®, the Company's premium astaxanthin dietary supplement for inflammatory health and longevity, which is available at more than 3,000 corporate General Nutrition Corporation ("GNC") stores across the U.S.
Roxanne Kosarzycki '92 Named XFL General Counsel
Congratulations to Roxanne Kosarzycki '92 for her new job as XFL General Counsel. The new XFL kicks off in early 2020 and will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
Here's what Ms. Kosarzycki says about how Southwestern helped her get there: "I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Southwestern; wonderful and caring professors and lifelong friendships. Southwestern Law School and its sports law and internship programs provided me the opportunity to pursue my dream of working in football.
After graduation, as a result of the internship opportunity, I was hired as associate counsel for the Raiders working with one of the most storied franchises and one of the most iconic figures in football, Al Davis. I took the knowledge and experience gained working with Raiders’ President Amy Trask and Southwestern alum and Raiders General Counsel, Jeff Birren, to the Buccaneers when I was hired as General Counsel in 2004. Today, I have the privilege of working with a tremendous group of talented individuals to launch the XFL, bringing new and innovative ideas to the game of football. As general counsel, I will be working in all facets of the league’s development and operations, working to bring a new, high octane brand of football to fans, and create opportunities for hundreds of athletes, coaches and support personnel."
We extend our congratulations to Ms. Kosarzycki and wish her good luck in her new position!